License Committee Report for September 2005

Ben Tilly btilly at
Fri Sep 9 05:38:47 UTC 2005

On 9/8/05, Eric S. Raymond <esr at> wrote:
> Russell Nelson <nelson at>:
> >   o The board needs to revisit the three license criteria it added
> >     some months ago.  I have tried to apply those criteria to the OVPL,
> >     and not had any support.  The license-discuss membership has spoken
> >     loudly and clearly that we should approve all licenses that comply
> >     with the OSD.  Thus, we should withdraw those criteria and if we're
> >     serious about them, set about modifying the Open Source Definition.
> The license-discuss membership doesn't make policy.  The Board does.
> Those criteria were approved after due deliberation by the Board for
> good strategic reasons.  Anyone who is unwilling to apply them may
> recuse him or herself from the process.

Do you realize how strongly you've confirmed any qualms that people
might have about the way that the OSI is run?


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